Raise your hand if you (or your parents) pay for a cable subscription, but you can’t remember the last time you watched actual TV because you’ve been so obsessed with Netflix? Oh, oh, over here, it’s me! As we begin 2016, I think it’s fair to say that real-time television is slowly being phased out as the era of binge watching settles around us. Streaming properties like Netflix and Hulu are offering us not one new episode of our favorite show, but an entire season all at once, for us to watch at our leisure (or as fast as we’d like). That’s hard to compete with.
And in case you haven’t been taking advantage of Netflix, you should. Not only does it offer some of your favorite older TV shows and movies, but it also offers some seriously amazing original content. Unfamiliar with that? Here are some of the most popular Netflix Originals, just to name a few: Orange Is The New Black, Master Of None, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and House Of Cards. Over and over again, Netflix has proven itself as a strong contender against old-school television shows manned by top producers and directors. Netflix shows are fun to watch, they often offer us more compelling and controversial content, and they’re damn good.
So, the good news: Netflix will be showing over 30 Original items in 2016, including television series, documentaries, comedy specials, and even movies. Bring on the popcorn! The bad news? We don’t know the info about everything just yet, which isn’t even that bad, because the shows we do know about seem amazing. Here are 13 new Netflix shows to watch out for in 2016:
Degrassi, Premiering January 15Netflix is bringing back Degrassi, and fans of the old show have been freaking out for months. Never watched it? Don't feel like you can't watch this - it's ideal for newcomers to the series, but old fans will appreciate it very much as well. And it's almost here!
Fuller House, Premiering February 26Just when you thought that your favorite '90s TV staple was gone for good, Netflix brought it back - is this going to be a theme (I hope so)? Fuller House features almost the entire original cast, and I absolutely can't wait to see if it lives up to the hype.
Chelsea Does, Premiering January 26If you're a fan of Chelsea Handler, then you have to watch this. It's a four part docu-series (it seems like a documentary, but it's scripted) where Chelsea explores marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs. It's definitely going to be hilarious, weird, and edgy.
Marvel's Luke Cage, TBDNetflix is doing a few things with Marvel (have you seen Jessica Jones yet?!), and one of them is Luke Cage. The series is based on the Marvel Comics character, who is an ex-con with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin. He fights crime in New York City and was spotted in Jessica Jones. The series is sure to be exciting.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events, TBDIf you were beyond excited to hear about Netflix breathing new life into Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, then you're probably already counting down to it's release. We don't know when that will be, but we can all dream!
The Crown, TBDIf you love reading about royalty and drama, this is the show for you. The Crown tells the inside story of Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, exploring love lives, secrets, and more. It sounds downright addicting. Credit: Chris Jackson / Staff
The Ranch, TBDThis series stars Ashton Kutcher, and is about two brothers who are trying to run their own business. The show will most likely be a funny drama, and even if you have doubts about Ashton, you should try it out anyway. Shows about families are kind of the best.
Marvel's Daredevil, TBDThis Marvel series about Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a child but is gifted with extraordinary senses. He fights injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as a superhero. It will definitely be exciting.
Stranger Things, TBDThis is a 1980's drama about a young boy who vanishes into thin air. Friends, family, and police search for answers, and as they do so, they become involved in a crazy mystery that involves top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces, and a weird little girl. Sounds VERY intriguing.
Love, TBDJudd Apatow has brought his directing skills to Netflix. Love is a comedy series that most likely explores the awkward world of romance. Although there isn't much info about it, it's going to be a "down-to-earth approach" towards dating, with male and female perspectives. Knowing Apatow, it will be funny, weird, and kind of sweet. Source: Credit: Jason LaVeris / Contributor
The OA, TBDA lot of Netflix Original Content is based on older shows or stories. This one is a true original created by Zal Batmangliji and Brit Marling, who have worked together on indie movies for years. And... that's all we know about it. This will be a mysterious drama, and honestly, NOT knowing what it's about is making me want to watch it more.
Flaked, TBDStarring Will Arnett, Flaked is about a man named Chip who falls for his best friend's love. It features a tangle of lies and half-truths and plotting and addiction. We don't know too much about it, but that's all I need to hear to definitely tune in. Credit: Pietro D'aprano / Contributor
Marseille, TBDNot much is known about this series, but it is Netflix's first French language original series. Marseille is about a long-term mayor who has to face the young man he chose as his successor. It's a story of power struggles and revenge, and it's definitely going to be interesting - especially if you speak French.
Which of these Netflix shows are you excited to watch? What did we forget? Let me know in the comments.